Every Thanksgiving table since I can remember, has had creamed spinach on it. I still have the hand-written recipe card from my aunt 🙂 I have slightly changed the ingredients to make it gluten free, but it has every bit of that creaminess and flavor that we all love so much.
*Originally published 11/18, updated 01/2022
I order creamed spinach every time we go to a steakhouse dinner. It is one of my favorite side dishes. I am so thankful that I know how to make it at home. Pair it with a steak and you have a perfect date night in! My favorite steak recipe is my Air Fryer Steak with Garlic Herb Butter (it is so good and so easy).
To keep this recipe gluten free, I used a gluten free all purpose flour as the thickener. If you do not need to be gluten free, you can use regular all purpose flour. If you want to lower the carb count, you can use xanthan gum as a thickener. Just start with less of the xanthan gum (1 Tbls) and add more if needed.
This is the perfect dish to make ahead of time. It reheats so easily in the microwave or oven and the flavor gets even better over time!
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Steakhouse Style Creamed Spinach with Bacon
- Place the frozen spinach in a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water, bring to a boil and reduce to simmerCover and let cook for 5 minutes, then break it up with a spoon. Cover again for another 5-7 minutes until done. Then strain out the liquidOnce it is cool enough to handle, place the spinach in cheesecloth or a thin tea towel and squeeze all the liquid out and set aside
- In a large skillet, cook the bacon and remove from pan. When it is cool enough to handle, chop into piecesRemove all but 2 Tbls of the bacon fat and add in the onion, garlic, salt and pepper flakesCook for 3 minutes over medium/low heat while stirringAdd in the flour and stir to coat the onions, cook for another 3 minutes
- Pour in the heavy cream and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmerOnce the sauce begins to thinken, stir in the parmesan cheese until it is fully melted into the sauceThen stir in the spinach and chopped bacon until combined
- Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste (if needed)Enjoy!